Lunchtime News Tuesday 22nd December 2020

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Boy bitten by dog - A seven-year-old boy has been seriously injured after being bitten by a dog during a children’s birthday party. The American Staffordshire Terrier believed to be owned by a family member attacked the boy’s face.  The victim was taken to the Timone hospital in Marseille in a serious condition.

Fire in apartment, residents evacuated - A fire has broken out in an apartment in Nice. Firefighters intervened shortly after 4am this morning on the Avenue Saint Augustin. The fire which was on the top floor of the building left one person suffering from serious burns and nine others suffered from smoke inhalation as thirty people were evacuated.

Number of Covid-19 patients in the Alpes Maritimes - The number of Covid-19 patients treated in hospitals in the Alpes-Maritimes has broken a new record, according to figures from Public Health France, with 501 people hospitalised with Covid, including 54 in intensive care. The death toll of the epidemic in the region worsened again on Monday 21st December with 15 new deaths recorded in the Alpes-Maritimes. Since the start of the health crisis, 691 people have died from Covid-19 in hospitals and nursing homes in the region.

Monaco - Meanwhile here in Monaco 14 new cases were declared on Monday bringing the total number of residents affected by Covid-19 to 742. 10 people are currently in hospital and 67 are being cared for by the Home Monitoring Centre.

State of natural disaster - The French state has declared a state of natural disaster for several municipalities in the Alpes Maritimes hit by flooding and mudslides due to bad weather. The natural disaster declared for businesses and individuals affected by bad weather includes those towns affected by Storm Alex which hit the region in early October.

Victims have 10 days from the publication of the decision to file an estimate of their losses with their insurance companies, in order to benefit from the compensation.

France to outline new travel regulations from UK - Following the news of an outbreak of a variant of Covid-19 in the United Kingdom new measures taken by France will be made public this afternoon.

France will unveil the new travel regulations to limit the spread of the new variant. A new health protocol for connections between France and the United Kingdom has been decided which should allow French abroad to return home for Christmas.

France decided on Sunday to suspend the travel of people, including those related to the transport of goods, from Great Britain from Sunday midnight and for a period of 48 hours.

Town council ordered to pay 2.5 million euros - A commune in the Haute-Savoie has been ordered to pay 2.5 million euros to a couple who were refused building permits from the town hall.

The town of Menthon-Saint-Bernard was ordered to pay 2.5 million euros to the couple who wanted to build villas on land by the lake. The couple previously acquired land located on the shores of Lake Annecy, which was finally classified as unbuildable.

The Administrative Court of Appeal of Lyon considered that the deliberation of the local council was "tainted with illegality" as the elected officials had previously approved the permits despite their location on a "green corridor" subject to the "coastal law".

EuroMillions winner remains anonymous but generous with it - The EuroMillions winner who scooped the 200 million euro jackpot and lives in the South of France says that, while he “does not intend to reveal his identity, he will be generous in helping relatives and hospitals”.  

Little is known about the former executive who played a mix of lucky numbers corresponding to events in his life along with random ones. He has however, made it clear that he intends to give back by creating a foundation to “help hospitals, which have been under immense strain during the current health crisis”.

 

 

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